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5 Spectacular Restaurant Desserts You Can Make at Home

Want to make restaurant-quality desserts at home? Of course you do – and legendary pastry chef Bill Yosses, who currently serves as the executive pastry chef at the White House, wants to show you how. In his new book, The Perfect Finish: Special Desserts for Every Occasion, Bill Yosses selected eighty of his most spectacular desserts and adapted them for today’s Moms and Dads. Here are five we drooled over:

  • best recipes spiced orange doughnuts

    Spiced Orange Doughnuts

    Doughnuts are welcome any time of year, breakfast, lunch, dessert – truly, there’s never an inappropriate time to serve them. These doughnuts are surprisingly light and delicately perfumed with orange zest and juice and spices, then rolled in cinnamon sugar for a slight crunch.

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  • best recipes Pepper and Spice Dark Chocolate Cookies

    Pepper and Spice Dark Chocolate Cookies

    Fiery black pepper adds a little heat and brings the chocolate in these cookies back to its origins in Mexico. Historically, chocolate was always mixed with chile peppers and taken as a drink by the Aztecs. And to this day, in the rural areas of South America, cooks still grind cocoa beans with nuts and spices.

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  • best recipes Devil Doglets for Grown-Ups

    Devil Doglets for Grown-Ups

    I’ve had great fun revisiting these retro desserts in my kitchen, trying to make the sweet as satisfying as the memory. This recipe has been the most successful – it’s inspired by the Devil Dog, a chocolate cake with a white cream filling. My version is deeper and moister, with a rich, buttery cake made from almond flour sandwiching a sumptuous white chocolate mousse flavored with peanut butter.

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  • best recipes Feathery Jam-Filled Butter Cakes

    Feathery Jam-Filled Butter Cakes

    I like to make these cakes because they are quick crowd pleasers. The crumb has an irresistibly buoyant texture, and a light, lemony flavor that is also nicely suited to teatime. These are a breakfast dessert – not a muffin. The jam in the batter makes this an inside-out breakfast cake.

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  • best recipes Birthday Shortcake with Fresh Strawberries and Cream

    Birthday Shortcake with Fresh Strawberries and Cream

    My choice for the best birthday cake stars fruit, and this cake is definitely worthy of an elegant, cut-crystal cake stand. Juicy strawberries are paired with a moist almond cake. This lush dessert overflows with billowy whipped cream.

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Reprinted with permission from The Perfect Finish: Special Desserts for Every Occasion by Bill Yosses and Melissa Clark, copyright © 2010. Published by W.W. Norton and Company

Photography by Marcus Nilsson copyright © 2010

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